* Received the national award for ‘Outstanding Arabic Scholar’ in 1997 CE conferred by former president of India: Dr. S. D. Sharma;
* Received the prestigious Madihur Rasool Sadaqatullah Appa Award 2012 CE for outstanding Arabic Scholar, from the Department of Arabic, Persian & Urdu, University of Madras, India (see archives*);
* Deeply learned in the Glorious Qur’aan and Sunnah;
* Majored in English Language and Literature (University of Madras, India);
* Holds M.Phil. and Ph.D. Degrees in Arabic Philology from the University of Al-Azhar (Cairo);
* Formerly Professor of Arabic Language for 30 years at the Islaamic University of Madinah;
* Personally taught the Arabic Language all over the world such as at Islaamic University Madinah, Islaamic University Omdurman, Sudan, Khartoum University Sudan, in Germany, Washington D.C. and British Guyana;
* Has been teaching Arabic as a foreign language for more than 50 years;
* An expert on European Languages: their etymology, phonetic change and semantic development;
* Formerly the Director of the ‘Institute of Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language’, Islaamic University, Madinah;
* Currently the Director of the Translation Centre at the ‘King Fahd Glorious Qur’aan Printing Complex’ (Madinah, Saudi Arabia).
V. Abdur Rahim was born in the small town of Vaniyambadi in the state of Tamil Nadu, India in 1933. After finishing his secondary school studies, he joined Presidency College, University of Madras where he majored in English Language and Literature. He graduated in 1957. In 1964, he joined al-Azhar University, Cairo, where he did his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Arabic Philology.
It is to be noted that Abdur Rahim learnt Arabic by himself at the early stages. The school where he did his secondary school studies offered Arabic, but the lessons it offered consisted of only memorizing the conjugation tables. Abdur Rahim detested this method. He thought that it was the most unnatural way of learning a language. Only dead languages like Latin, Syriac, etc. are taught this way. Living languages teach sentences straightaway. He decided to design a curriculum to teach Arabic to non-native speakers of Arabic.
In 1969, he joined the Islamic University of Madinah to teach Arabic Philology. Here, he was also associated with the Programme of teaching Arabic as a foreign language. The course he designed for this purpose is now known as دروسُ اللغةِ العربيةِ لـغير الناطقين بـها Durûs al-Lughah al-‘Arabiyyah li-Ghair al-Nâtiqîna Bihâ. (Now these books are popularly known throughout the world as “MADINAH BOOKS”.)
When he was learning Arabic by himself, Abdur Rahim studied the many problems that beset the non-native students of Arabic, and tried to solve them. He discovered that all these problems can easily be solved by applying the principle of taqdîm al- usûl ‘ala al-furû‘, i.e. teaching the primary elements before the secondary elements. The following are some of the manifestations of the application of this principle:
1. Teaching the primary case-endings before the secondary endings, so you teach the masrûf noun before the mamnû‘ min al-sarf, and the al-af‘âl al-arba‘ah before the al-af‘âl al-khamsah.
2. Teaching the sâlim verb before the other categories.
3. Teaching the al-mudâri‘ al-marfû ‘ before the al-mudâri‘ al-mansûb or al-mudâri‘ al-majzûm.
4. Teaching the plural of intelligent nouns before that of non-intelligent nouns.
Another principle Abdur Rahim advocates is that rules of waqf should not be applied during the teaching stage, for in that case the student cannot learn the correct ending of the last word in the sentence as, ma smu-ka and ma smu-ki, for example, are both reduced to ma smu-k.
The following are the books and courses Dr. Abdur Rahim has written in the field of teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language:
1. ‘Let’s Begin to Read Arabic : A Beginners Guide to Learning the Arabic Language and the Qur’aan’
2. ‘AL-TIBYAAN – Easy way to Qur’aanic Reading’ (Beginner’s Library)
‘Arabic Course for Non-Native Speakers of Arabic: Originally Devised and Taught at Islaamic University, Madinah’ ( Beginner’s Library)
4. ‘Key To
( Beginner’s Library)
5. ‘Key To Exercises of
6. ‘Kitaab Al-Mu”allim’. 3 Vol. Teaching Manuals for:
7. ‘A Glossary of Words Used in Duruus l-Lughati l-”Arabiyyah: Arabic-English Dictionary’ (Beginner’s Library)
(Book Fair under Arba”uuna Hadiithan)
11. From Esfahan To Madinah In Search of Truth: Salmaan al-Faarisi’s Hadiith رضي اللهُ عنه (Book Fair)
12. الْبَاحِثُ عن الْحَقِّ: قِصَّةُ سلمانَ الفارسيِّ – رضي الله عنه
Arabic version of # 11 (Book Fair under Arba”uuna Hadiithan)
13. ‘Both These Lights Emanate from the Same Niche’ – Hadiith of Umm Salamah (raDiyAllaahu “anhaa).’ (Book Fair)
Arabic version of # 13. (Book Fair under Arba”uuna Hadiithan)
19. ‘Selections from the Glorious Qur’aan: With Lexical and Grammatical Notes: A Companion to Duruusu l-Lughah al-”Arabiyyah’ (Advanced Course: Advanced Library)
‘Suurah al-Hujuraat – With Lexical and Grammatical Notes’ (Advanced Course: Advanced Library)
21. ‘Madinah Arabic Reader: Arabic Course as Taught at Islaamic University, Madinah: For Children’ (Children’s Library & Book Fair)
(Children’s Library & Book Fair)
23. ‘Europe Speaks Arabic’ (Book Fair)
For detailed information, please go to the sections indicated.